2nd May, 2009: Last week on Vacationer, we featured “Five quiet places to chill out this summer.” The heat is on, so, we thought why not search for five lesser known cooler places in India? This week we take you to the north-eastern part of India. Take this opportunity to freshen up and regenerate your cells. Pack your travel bags and head out to spend this summer in the north-east!
Halflong is a beautiful hill-station in Assam, at an altitude of 680 m above sea level. It is about 85 km north of Silchar and 345 km from Guwahati. The scenic beauty here is astounding with the misty blue mountains, fast-flowing rivers and streams, dense green vegetation and rare species of orchids, butterflies and birds. Read more
Halflong is a sweet hill station in Assam centred around a picturesque lake. Everything you come across in this place is beautiful. (Amit, Kolkata)
When one mentions Imphal, the first memory to come up in your mind, is of the beautiful Loktak Lake – the largest fresh water lake in north-east India. It is approximately 50 km from the main city. (Mayuri, Guwahati)
The capital of Manipur is a quaint little city encompassed by hills and green valleys dotted with fast flowing streams and woods. Regarded as the cultural capital of Manipur, the city houses several monuments, temples and ceremonial places all talking about the rich past of Imphal. Read more
Ravangla is a tiny hamlet tucked away between Tendong and Menam peaks in the Southern district of Sikkim, 120 km from Siliguri. Nestled at the foot of Mt. Narsing, Ravangla is the perfect destination for adventure seekers with its rugged terrains, verdant thick forests and magnificent landscape, combined with cool alpine climate. Read more
Despite being a small place there are few good hotels and resorts in Ravangla serving good food ranging from Sikkimese, Indian, & Chinese. (Robin, Kolkata)
Everything about this place is scenic. The Ganga Lake, better known as the Gyakar Sinyi, is a beautiful lake amidst green forest and an ideal picnic spot for both locals and tourists. (Kumarjeet, Agartala)
The beautiful city of Itanagar, situated at a height of 350 metres above sea level, is the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, the largest state in the North Eastern region of India. Rolling green hills, unspoilt natural beauty, evergreen forests mark Itanagar as one of the best cities with scenic surroundings and a pleasant climate. Read more
Cherrapunji, a little town in East Khasi Hills district, is known for being the wettest place on Earth. Here, rain records can be expressed in meters: average rainfall 12 m in a year; maximum rainfall in a day 1.04 m. The place is also famous for many caves with stalagmite and stalactite formations. Read more
This is certainly a wet place. The temperature is always cooler with so much rain around. It takes 3 hours from Shillong to reach this place by a taxi. (Badrinath, Pune)
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